The Broadreach Nature team recently read a great article about natural calming methods for dogs and thought they would share some of the key points with you. But before they get started it’s important to know what signs that your pet may be stresses to look out for. These include panting, excessive licking, yawning, drooling, shaking, pacing amongst others. Broadreach Nature have written quite a few articles on keeping your pets calm on fireworks night but some of the main known and most common causes of stress relate to separation anxiety (A Dogs Trust survey revealed that between 13% and 18% of owners reported that their dog had problems when left, and a further 11% had done so in the past), fear and aging. But often what is not considered is the stress passed from human’s on to their pets and this is something that should always be kept in mind as well. It is easy to understand how a pet may react in a stressful environment. But there are many things that can be done with usual household items to help your pet remain calm. The article mentioned, compression wraps which you can purchase from most pet suppliers or you can create these yourself – there is a helpful video here (please follow instructions carefully, remember this is light pressure and ensure this is not a further cause of stress), classical music, exercise, massage and mental stimulation. Of course not every dog reacts the same to certain environments or suggested help and only you will know what suits your pet best. If you still feel that you need more advice you can find some great articles on the Dogs Trust website for example: Top tips for dogs and puppies suffering separation anxiety.Help for dogs with loud noise anxiety. But when your dogs and cats seem to need just a little more help Broadreach Nature have a range of supplements with new advanced formulas combining an unparalleled range of ingredients which are thought to promote calming and reduce anxiety. The Relax and Calm Supplement includes L-Tryptophan which has been shown to increase levels of serotonin, L-Theanine , Calcium and Magnesium which are essential in maintaining muscle function and nerve induction, Valerian extract and a range of B vitamins. (Imbalances of these can lead to irritability and a predisposition to stress). Sue Tasker, one of Broadreach Nature’s clients says “As a COAPE certified pet behaviourist and trainer, I very carefully select products that may be helpful to my clients. I have supplied a number of families and their pets with Broadreach Nature Relax and Calm Care products. It is having a positive effect on all of them, used in tandem with a bespoke behavioural modification programme, “ and take a look at the wonderful photo of Sue Walter’s ‘old boy’ Baz, “…lying on the sofa cuddling his teddy, as you can see totally relaxed and happy. So different from the very odd, restless, nervous little dog that we had before he had Relax and Calm Care”. The Calm Care Supplement in liquid and capsule form may also help with aggressive dogs and cats having L-Tryptophan as one of the main ingredients. L – Tryptophan is believed to be a mood stabilising and calming supplement. Also Valerian Root Extract and Magnesium may exhibit calming and soothing qualities. There is also a specialist ingredient called Ashwaganda Extract which is thought to promote a feeling of well-being, helps with relaxation and sleep and could be good for anxiety and irritability issues. This makes it a great ingredient for those hyper, scared and otherwise irritable pet moments. It was also great to hear how they have supported Emma Cross’ cat, “These tablets have supported the transformation of my previously Lord Pomp cat, to a sweet, chilled out sweetheart. Will be back for more of these, thank you!! “ Broadreach Nature always believe that natural and high quality is best for your pets, they are after all part of the family, and they are pleased to say that all of these products contain all-natural ingredients and manufactured in the UK in pharmaceutical grade facilities with GMP certification.